Now that Iíve spent ten minutes picturing Reynolds and Mendelsohn working together, Iíve grown a percentage point or two more interested. After all, I actually canít wait to see Reynolds play opposite a grizzled Jeff Bridges in the comic adaptation R.I.P.D., because thatís precisely the over-the-top kind of film I donít mind him in. (Just give us Deadpool already!)
Written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the film will center on a down and out forty-something gambler, who teams up with a younger gambling addict on a road trip through the Southern U.S. in hopes of bettering their luck. Jake Gyllenhaal will produce and star as the younger lead; Mendelsohn is currently in negotiations for the other lead.
With a role in the upcoming cop drama End of Watch (premiering at the Toronto Film Festival next month), and the low-budget sci-fi thriller Source Code as his most recent film, Jake Gyllenhaal seems to be making a successful turn back to indies, exactly what he needed after a string of high-profile flops like Love and Other Drugs